Sex Crimes

Defense Lawyers Serving the Clearwater Area

Hanlon Law is dedicated to representing residents of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties who have been charged with sex crimes as well as other offenses. We understand the far-reaching consequences that may come with a conviction of a sex offense, and we work aggressively to fight the charges against the people whom we represent. Clearwater sex crime attorney Will Hanlon has more than two decades of experience in this area of the law. He carefully takes the time to understand each client’s unique circumstances as he builds a defense to the charges against them. Mr. Hanlon also can represent people who need a violent crime attorney or assistance in fighting a DUI or drug charge, among others.

Sex Crimes in Florida

The term “sex crime” is used to describe a range of offenses that involve sexual contact or that have some sort of sexual motive. Sexual battery – better known as rape – is perhaps the best known sex crime, and it is one of the most serious. Statutory rape, also called unlawful sex with a minor, is a separate sex crime that happens when a person who is at least 24 years old has sexual contact with a person who is 17 years old or younger. That contact is a crime, even if it is consensual. Sex crimes also cover other criminal acts, like lewd and lascivious actions in situations in which the victim is younger than 16 years old.

Sex crimes are very serious offenses. A conviction may lead to a prison sentence of decades or even life. Even if you avoid a lengthy prison term, you may be forced to deal with the significant stigma that comes with being labeled a sex offender. A conviction likely will limit your ability to find or keep a job and may even restrict where you can live.

If you are convicted as a sex offender in Florida, your home address will be listed in the state sex offender registry upon your release. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement makes sex offender information easily available to the general public on its website. It even posts a photo of each registered sex offender, along with their address. Everyone will know of your conviction. If a sex offense occurs in the area, you probably will be among the first to be questioned.

It is imperative that a person suspected of or charged with a sex offense seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. There are a number of defenses that may be available to a person charged with a sex crime, which vary based on the circumstances. Some possible examples include showing that the sexual contact was consensual or that you were not in the place where the crime was committed at the time.

Consult an Experienced Sex Crime Attorney in Clearwater or Beyond

Clearwater sex crime lawyer Will Hanlon understands the stress that comes with being charged with a sex offense or another serious crime. He guides clients through the process with compassion and professionalism. Few decisions are more critical to preserving your freedom and reputation than enlisting a knowledgeable attorney. We serve defendants throughout the region, including in Clearwater, Tampa, and St. Petersburg. Call us at 727.897.5413 or complete our online form to discuss your options if you need a sexual battery attorney or assistance with fighting another sex charge.